June 5, 1954

Medical Care for Veterans

JAMA. 1954;155(6):600-602. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.73690240015032

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Of the 162 Veterans Administration hospitals in the country, 12 (7%) are in New England—6 in Massachusetts, 2 in Connecticut, 1 in Maine, 1 in New Hampshire, 1 in Vermont, and 1 in Rhode Island—and of the 119,555 beds in VA hospitals, 7,558 (6%) are in New England. Of these, 2,341 are used for general medical and surgical care, 4,057 (almost twice as many) for neuropsychiatric treatment, and 998 for tubercular patients. The largest is the neuropsychiatric hospital in Bedford, Mass., with 1,700 beds. The smallest is the general hospital in Manchester, N. H., with 150 beds.

ORGANIZATION OF A VA HOSPITAL  The largest of the general hospitals is at Jamaica Plain in Boston. It has a total of 940 beds; two-thirds of the beds are used for patients receiving general medical and surgical care and one-third for patients with neuropsychiatric disorders. Onethird of the patients are referred from the

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